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Premier Darrell Pasloski

Party has shown a true vision, premier says

Premier Darrell Pasloski says he remains confident in his government’s performance over the last year and throughout his five-year mandate as his first term in office draws to a close.

By Chuck Tobin on May 27, 2016

Premier Darrell Pasloski says he remains confident in his government’s performance over the last year and throughout his five-year mandate as his first term in office draws to a close.

During an interview Thursday afternoon, he acknowledged the territory’s gross domestic product has fallen over three successive years.

So too have commodity prices, which has tripped up the territory’s mining sector, a primary contributor to the Yukon’s economy, he said.

The premier was quick to point out all other sectors have seen growth in the last year.

The Yukon Party continues to invest in what he described as the tremendous potential in the IT sector. Tourism continues to flourish with the aid of an aggressive marketing strategy his government continues to support, he added.

Education and training to bolster the quality of a local workforce remains a priority.

There have been advancements in several fronts in the health care field, not the least of which is the new Sarah Steele Building that will provide expanded services in the area of combating addictions when it opens later this year.

Pasloski spoke of his government’s continued investment in infrastructure and its focus on working with industry and First Nation partners to strengthen the territory’s regulatory regime.

Over the last five years, 20 to 25 per cent of the territorial budget has been directed toward capital spending, he told the Star.

“What we have been able to do above everything else is we’ve been able to manage our economy in good times and bad times,” he said.

“While we have endured the contraction, we have focused on what we can do.

“... We have seen growth in all sectors with the exception of mining.”

The premier said his government has worked and continues to work on the list of actions needed to heal past wrongs suffered by First Nations, actions set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was impressed during her visit here last month with the progress the Yukon is making on calls to action, and with the plan going forward, he said.

Pasloski said the Mental Health Strategy released this month has the support and endorsement of First Nations and those who work in the field.

An additional $1 million is included in the 2016-17 territorial fiscal budget to support the strategy, he pointed out.

“Ultimately, through these steps, we should see the development of capacity in the Yukon communities, where there are a lot of challenges.”

The premier said the same drive that pushed him into health care as a pharmacist to help people has stayed with him.

The Yukon Party government has done everything but stand still in the last five years, he said.

Pasloski said the government has fulfilled or is currently working on fulfilling the commitments set out in its 2011 election platform, without raising taxes.

The territory’s financial situation, he insisted, continues to be the envy of the country.

“We have demonstrated a vision for where the Yukon needs to go,” Pasloski said. “We have not seen that from the two opposition parties.

“It is important for Yukoners to know when the Yukon Party says it is going to do something, they get it done.”

While the Liberals and NDP would turn their backs on the resource industry under the guise of diversifying the economy, Pasloski said, the Yukon Party knows this is a time when it’s most important to stand behind the industry.

This month’s announcement by Goldcorp Inc. that it intends to purchase the Kaminak Gold Corp. and its Coffee gold project south of Dawson City underscores the potential and importance of the resource sector, he said.

While the opposition parties are bent on imposing some sort of carbon tax on fossil fuels, Pasloski said, the Yukon Party remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions without putting an additional financial burden on Yukoners.

“The North is already an expensive place to live,” he said.

As Thursday’s interview winds down, the premier notes that on the final day of this sitting of the legislature, the day when the territorial budget is voted on by MLAs, Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is away – attending the federal Liberal party convention in Winnipeg (see brief on p. 3).

Silver’s absence does not display much commitment to his constituents in the Klondike, Pasloski said.

Comments (14)

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BnR ypu are getting me mixed up with some one else. on Jun 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm

But you will keep talking anyway.
So all the anti visionaries or know it all visionaries gives your visions.
Did not think so, nothing there, just like liberals and NDP.
People vote for what they see, not hot air talk.

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woodcutter on Jun 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Talk about living in denial. But this is just the same old message politicians puke up, when they know there goose is cooked.

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BnR on May 31, 2016 at 7:10 am

The "vision" you attribute to your YP is, as others noted, nothing more than spending other people's money. Take a look at all the economic forecasts for the territory and they are not rosey. So much for vision. But we will keep doing fine overall due to transfer payments and a government based economy. Good thing the YP dumped all the money into the mining training centre at the Yukon College, now that was some real vision. Maybe it can double as a policy analyst training facility?

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Rick Rondelet on May 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Darrell Drugstore lost me when he endorsed the reelection of Corporal Camouflage last Fall

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Goballs on May 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

Propaganda is the name of the game.

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Tom Stevens on May 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

I remember watching Darrell and Craig sitting at the Ridge just days before he announced his intentions to be Premier. It was obvious how blatant and in your face the arrogance was. The run of the Yukon Party has gone on far too long, people a 100 miles over their heads, looking after all their friends while spending the buckets of free money sent from the rest of Canada.

Not sure the next group will be any better, probably just take part in the free for all of spending others money and taking credit for somehow creating it, but time to give it a go and get some new leadership.

Time to send all the Yukon Party loyal back to the real world... let's see if people are smart enough to do it.

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Alex Franklin on May 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm

The Yukon Party mumbles , bumbles, stumbles and fumbles even the most basic decisions and policies.

I'm not even aware of a midnight at the bottom of a coal mine vision from these Garage League politicians.

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Jack Colby on May 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm

True vision ? REALLY ???? NOT SEEING IT

.... poorly spent - the GIGANTIC bag of money that Ottawa gives us.
.... Encouraged outsiders to come in, rip up the land for short term profits and
then walk away leaving an expensive mess behind.
.... Endorsed the reelection of probably the worst MP in the last Federal
..... No plans for long term job creation.
..... Unable to listen to the public's valid concerns about housing and the

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Joey Manvilly on May 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Think he means "Party has shown a true vision" which excludes the views of First Nations and the public.

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LOL! on May 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

"“What we have been able to do above everything else is we’ve been able to manage our economy in good times and bad times,” he said."
We get 1.3 billion in transfer payments, I would hope Darrell could manage our economy through "good times and bad". I guess this is the vision he's speaking of, spending the largesse. Not much of a vision.

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This is government on the move for Yukoners on May 28, 2016 at 1:42 pm

The Yukon Party has provided success for the Yukon over the last 14 years.
They have created a positive business climate over the last many years.
Just look around, population has grown by 3200 people, new school, hospitals, special care facilitates, expansion of the hospital, upgrade to the Whitehorse airport, money for children, many senior's living in most of the communities, etc.

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YnR on May 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

"The Yukon Party continues to invest in what he described as the tremendous potential in the IT sector." I work in the IT industry and the government has not invested a dime from what I can see. Ramblings of an out of touch political party.

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Concerned citizen on May 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

The Yukon's economic performance over the last 5 years has us in the second worse position of all the Provinces and Territories. What an embarrassment.
No mention by this ill informed Premier on the hazards to the Environment using heap leech mining (cyanide) breakdown ore process of the failures and disasters experienced elsewhere. "Jungle Rum mine; Australia Northern Terr; Belknap mine Montana USA to name a couple environmental Armageddons."

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June Jackson on May 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Parties come, parties go.. and it's past time for the Yukon Party to go.. time to get some new blood, new ideas, new priorities in office. No matter what party we get in office they couldn't possibly do any worse than the YPs last 4 years..

Too little, too late and he chose the wrong booties to smooch.. he chose special interest groups and not the majority voter...tsk tsk tsk..all this time in politics and he didn't learn a darned thing. I hope i am not alone in hoping we never see his face in the political light of day again. I have known Darryl since he first moved into the Territory, and I thought he was such a fine man and would make a great leader.. he has been a terrible disappointment to me.

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